In observance of the U.S. national holiday Memorial Day, we will not be posting today. We will return tomorrow with more great Holland America Blog content.
Wishing all of our celebrating blog fans a Happy Mother’s Day!
I was vacationing on the Eurodam, and my parents are currently on the Rotterdam. We found out that we would be in port together in Rome, but my parents had already booked a full day shore excursion, as they wanted time to see the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, which my dad had not seen before…. read more of “Early…”
Since orange is the color of the Royal Dutch family, Oranje stad or Orange Town in Aruba is of course a great place to celebrate Queen’s Day. A small gathering was held among Dutch guests and officers. A speech by Captain Schoonderbeek was finished with a typical Dutch tradition: a glass of orange liquor The… read more of “Celebrating…”
Today, April 30, is the Netherlands’ national holiday Konninginen dag (Queen’s day). Today we celebrate the birthday of Queen Beatrix. It’s not Her Majesty’s official birthday, she was born Jan. 31, 1938. April 30 was the birthday of Her Majesty’s mother, Queen Juliana. When Queen Juliana abdicated, Her Majesty ordered that April 30 stays Queen’s… read more of “It’s…”
Spending Easter Sunday in Huatulco with two ships was great. Crew members of both Rotterdam and Statendam were reunited during this double call in the picturesque bay of Huatulco; of course a perfect opportunity for the crew to catch up, to socialize, to go to the beach and to take some photos. Except for Half… read more of “Bert’s Beauty…”
Day 93, April 8: The trivia question was straightforward: Name an egg-laying mammal. But one team, instead of going for the obvious “platypus,” went the whimsical route: “the Easter Bunny!” Easter – with its message of springtime, renewal, love – and, I guess, egg-laying mammals – was definitely in the air on the Amsterdam as… read more of “Cruise Diary: About…”
These photos were taken from the Easter celebration on board the Prinsendam. We had two Easter bunnies that went around the ship, greeting the guest and offering them chocolate eggs and plenty of entertainment. Lots of photos were taken of Prinsendam’s Easter event and the grand Easter extravaganza that was held in the Lido Restaurant…. read more of “Prinsendam’s…”